Attorney General's Weekly Newsletter
Volume 9, Issue 290 • May 27, 2016
Attorney General Bondi's Weekly Briefing

This Memorial Day, let us remember the immense sacrifices and acts of courage of our brave service members that make our nation’s dream of democracy, liberty and justice a reality. These heroes and their selfless actions secure our rule of law, a bedrock to the American way of life and the protection of our individual rights and freedoms.

This weekend also marks the beginning of the summer travel season and I urge consumers to be aware of travel and tourism scams. Florida is a top vacation destination, with more than 100 million visitors last year alone, making our state a favorite target for these types of scams. There are precautions travelers can take to avoid becoming a victim:

If anyone is suspicious of a scam or fraud, please contact my office immediately by calling 1-866-9-NO-SCAM or visiting

In closing, Memorial Day is a time to honor and remember the members of our Armed Forces who lost their lives protecting our great country. America remains great because we have such brave men and women willing to lay down their lives for their country. I encourage all Floridians to thank a service member this weekend. It is due to their dedicated service that we are able to enjoy our freedom as we spend time with friends and family.

In the News
Editorial: Gainey more than a caretaker

About Emery Gainey, interim sheriff of Marion County, Ocala Star Banner

While Flakka fades, new threats emerge, News Press

FTC, Florida AG take action against alleged student loan debt relief schemes, Legal News Line

FTC Cracks Down on Debt Relief Schemes Targeting Student Loan and Mortgage Borrowers, Real Estate Rama

Protecting Floridians
Attorney General Bondi and FTC Crack Down on Debt Relief Schemes

Attorney General Pam Bondi and the Federal Trade Commission announced two joint actions against alleged unlawful debt relief operations targeting student loan holders.

In the first action, the enforcement agencies filed a joint action against Chasity Valdes and her companies, Consumer Assistance LLC, Consumer Assistance Project Corp. and Palermo Global LLC, alleging that the defendants took illegal up-front fees in return for their purported debt relief and credit repair services that they falsely claimed would reduce consumers’ student loan debt and repair the consumers’ credit.

Attorney General Bondi’s Statement on the Appointment of Emery Gainey as Interim Marion County Sheriff

Attorney General Pam Bondi issued the following statement on Governor Rick Scott’s appointment of Emery Gainey, the Attorney General’s Director of Law Enforcement Relations, Victim Services and Criminal Justice Programs, to Interim Sheriff of Marion County:

“I know first-hand that Governor Rick Scott has chosen a highly qualified person to lead the Marion County Sheriff’s Office during this challenging time. Emery Gainey has managed my office with the highest level of ethics and integrity while serving as my Director of Victim Services. With his more than 25 years of law enforcement experience, the people of Marion County can rest assured that they are in good hands with Interim Sheriff Gainey running the office.”

The Attorney General’s Director of Victim Services is serving his first week as Interim Sheriff of Marion County. Attorney General Bondi congratulates Interim Sheriff Emery Gainey.

This Saturday May 28th, Attorney General Bondi will be featured on Fox News Channel’s The Property Man, hosted by Bob Massi. Tune into Fox News at 12 p.m. EST. to watch. If you miss Saturday’s airing, the episode will also air on Sunday, May 29th, at 3 p.m. EST.